Daylight savings time ends this weekend, so while you change your clocks to enjoy an extra hour of sleep, make sure that you also change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Regular testing of these important life safety devices is recommended by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

Most alarms installed today have a life span of about 5-10 years, depending on alarm. If your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide device is older than that, it is time to think about replacing the entire unit. The USFA recommends writing the date of purchase with a marker on the inside of your alarm so you will know when to replace it. In any event, following the manufacturer's instructions for installation and replacement is always the best course of action.

"Change your clock, change your battery" is any easy way to take preventative action to protect yourself and your family from the dangers posed by smoke, fire and carbon monoxide. It is also a great method for teaching children life safety skills, so why not make it a family activity this weekend? It just may save your lives.


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